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Francis's Book Bench

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Project by spunwood posted 1342 days ago 1480 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench made for a friend who wanted very sturdy book storage that would serve double duty as a bench. The design was inspired by an article on page 32 of this magazine. It was a real learning experience and I am very proud of it. I must recommend General Finishes Candlelight Oil Based Stain.

If you want to read more about making this bench you can go to the 2 part blog.

If you look closely at the pictures of the bench top you can see two off-center mortise and tenons with wedges.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν





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learnin2do

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#1 posted 1342 days ago

you should be proud; it is beautiful and practical! I’m working on a dual purpose piece right now, and it is not always easy keeping those pieces in proportion accounting for both considerations.

-- christine

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TheGravedigger

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#2 posted 1342 days ago

Very nice. And, you’re right, that stain worked nicely – good color.

-- Robert - Visit my woodworking blog: http://littlegoodpieces.wordpress.com

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 1342 days ago

That is a great unit.

jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Maveric777

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#4 posted 1342 days ago

Cool design and well executed. I like this….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Manasseh

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#5 posted 1341 days ago

Nice. You just changed my design for a Christmas present. Bench and book shelf. what a great idea for a 2 yr old… :)

-- Someday I will be more than a sawdust wisperer

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jim C

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#6 posted 1341 days ago

Hey buddy,
Saw it before you were finished. Looks great!
Have you used the saw yet?

Jim

-- When I was a boy, I was told "anyone can be President", now I'm beginning to believe it!

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spunwood

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#7 posted 1341 days ago

I am about to use the saw to cut a 9 foot maple board down to size for the table saw and also to shorten a few other boards that I will be using for a doll bed project. Hope all is well in FL.

Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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Vicki

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#8 posted 1341 days ago

Nicely done project. Nice antique style and very functional. I love that it kills 2 birds with one stone. I’ve never seen circle accents like that. Any special significance?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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spunwood

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#9 posted 1341 days ago

Nope, just thought the circles would look nice. Thanks so much

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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